We are almost at the end of the 2022 calendar year!!!! So what’s next? What’s your next step?
For many, stress levels are so high that it’s difficult to see far ahead. They feel a bit overwhelmed. They only focus on ALL the things they have to get done before that clock strikes midnight at the end of the month. How about you?
How long is your list of things to do?
Or maybe it’s a list of things you wish that you did? Could have done and should have done?
Or maybe it’s the family/friend situation?
Or maybe it’s everything else that is going on in the world such as: healthcare, politics, RSV, Covid-19, inflation, natural disasters, social inequalities, war in Ukraine
Stress is a normal part of life, but the problem is chronic stress. When stressed there are biological triggers that under normal circumstances work well. On the other hand when under chronic stress, there is a negative effect on our mental and physical health. What to do?
Ways to deal with stress
Focus on the positive. A positive outlook can elicit gratitude, contentment, and joy; this releases serotonin and dopamine. Reduces stress.
Take control over what you can.
Taking the reins over what you can and championing it, can build confidence and empowerment. Reducing the stress over what you can’t control.
Prioritize your time. Make a list of the most essential versus least essential.
Take it one day at a time. Take that list and complete it with good intentions.
Be grateful for ALL that you have accomplished thus far.
Disrupt negative thinking. Think of the best possible outcome for a situation then move toward that outcome.
If you can eliminate the stressor, eliminate it.
Walking in nature alone or with friends/family
3 Herbs to help calm
These are commonly found in health food stores and markets near you.
***Please speak to your doctor before beginning any new herbs.***
Lemon Balm- Melissa officinalis (May interfere with thyroid medication)
Chamomile- Matricaria chamomilla (May have to avoid if you are allergic to ragweed and similar herbs)
3 Foods to help calm
Seek help if you need additional one-on-one support.